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Why Heat Your Home with Kiln Dried Firewood Over Electricity or Gas?

When it comes to generating sustainable heat in the home, burning wood is the natural choice, just as it has been for thousands of years. Check out these great reasons to heat your home with firewood .

A Reliable and Independent Source of Heat

Having the ability to burn wood for heat gives you a certain measure of independence: you don't have to rely on the availability of electricity or gas to stay warm, so you don't have to worry about freezing in the winter if the power should go out for a few hours.

As an added bonus, when you buy firewood in west Sussex instead of buying electricity or gas from a huge multinational corporation, you're supporting local businesses and helping to keep the local economy strong.

Sussex Kiln Dried Logs are Cost-Effective and Efficient

Naturally, the price of firewood will vary somewhat according to availability, season, and other factors, but in general, heating your home by burning firewood will cost you less overall than you'll spend if you heat solely with gas or electricity. Firewood is definitely a more affordable option, especially with a fuel-efficient burner and well-dried wood.

Burning wood for heat is also efficient in terms of how well it heats the home. It's not necessarily the best at distributing heat evenly in a room (central heating definitely has to win that one) but it is the winner when it comes to efficient, cost-effective heat that can penetrate right throughout the home.

Wood is a Carbon Neutral and Renewable Resource

Using wood as a fuel source has had a bit of a bad reputation in the past, but in fact it's actually a lot cleaner, and more environmentally friendly, than many people think.

For a start, it's a big improvement over burning coal, simply because coal isn't a renewable resource. Coal is a fossil fuel, and as such it's not renewable at all. Once coal is gone, it's gone; you can't plant more coal. You can, on the other hand, plant more trees to replace those that are felled for firewood and other purposes. And these days, with the emphasis on using renewable resources whenever possible, and using them sustainably, it's far more likely that trees that are cut for firewood are replaced by new plantings.

Another important thing to note is that burning firewood is carbon neutral. Burning wood does release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, but the amount that it releases is the same amount as it absorbed when the tree was living and growing.

That means there's no net increase in emissions, because the wood is only releasing what it originally absorbed, and isn't creating anything extra. It's carbon neutral, which means burning wood doesn't increase your home's overall carbon footprint. That's a great reason to burn wood for heat if you're someone who's trying to keep your home's carbon footprint as low as possible.

It's Aesthetically Pleasing

All the above reasons are good ones to heat your home by burning firewood, but there's one more that, for some people, trumps all the rest: the cosy, comfortable look and feel of a fire. Crisp Surrey kiln dried logs burning merrily in the hearth are absolutely the perfect way to make a grey winter's day more cheerful. There's something magical about a fire that other heating methods just can't touch.

There are definitely some great advantages to using wood to supply heat; if you're thinking about switching to firewood burning, give us a call to talk about your requirements for firewood in Kent, Surrey, and Sussex.

Get the Right Firewood with these Handy Buying Tips

There's more than one kind of firewood (in fact there are quite a few different varieties) and finding the right wood for your wood-burner, fireplace, or oven isn't necessarily a simple task. If you're not sure what kind of wood you need, or how much you need, read on for a few basic tips on buying firewood.

A Low Moisture Content is Best

If you've ever seen wet wood burning in a fireplace you'll know just how important it is that the fuel you use must be dry. But surprisingly enough, a 0% moisture content is actually too low in some cases, because it can cause fuel to burn too quickly. For the best kiln dried logs in Sussex, you actually want a moisture content that's a bit higher.

HETAS recommends a moisture content of up to 25%, and around 15% to 20% is an ideal moisture content to aim for. With this percentage of moisture, your firewood will burn cleanly, with minimal blackening of your flue or chimney, and won't burn too quickly. Assuming that your fireplace or wood-burner is operating efficiently, you'll use much less fuel than you might with a much lower moisture content.

How can you tell the moisture content of your wood? There are a couple of ways. One is to simply bang a couple of logs together and listen to the sound it makes. If it makes a hollow-sounding noise, the logs should be pretty dry. If the noise is more of a dull thud, the wood is likely to be moist inside. Just looking at the wood can be useful too: drier wood tends to be cracked at the ends, while wood that's wet doesn't crack as much. You can also take a more scientific approach with a moisture meter, a tool that is inserted into a split log of wood, and provides a measurement of the moisture level.

Wood Diameter

The size of the logs you burn can also have an effect on how efficiently your appliance operates, and how much heat you get out of it versus how much fuel you're putting in. This is especially important if the air flow on your wood-burning appliance isn't easily controlled. The problem is, if you can't control air flow, and your firewood is very dry, it tends to burn very hot and very quick: so you get a good amount of heat initially, but you need to feed the fire constantly to maintain a decent level of heat.

In this situation, burning larger chunks of wood is the solution: logs with a wider diameter, with a slightly higher moisture content in the middle. The thicker, slightly damper interior slows down the burn rate, to give you a more consistent, long-lasting heat.

How Much Wood?

Calculating the amount of kiln dried logs you need for any length of time is difficult, because it depends on a number of different factors: the size of your home and how well it's insulated, how much of the home you need to heat, the type of wood-burning appliance you're using, and how efficiently it burns wood. And, of course, it's highly dependent on how often and how long you're using the appliance. As a general rule, however, one single appliance will typically use between two and four cubic meters each winter season, assuming it's used most days for several hours.

Don't forget you also need kindling, around half a dozen pieces per fire, and one or more fire-lighters per fire, if you use them.

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